The Bags of Tricks Affair is the latest charming historical mystery in Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Bill Pronzini's detective series.
A conman always has a bag of tricks, ready to fool the unsuspecting, and almost everyone is unsuspecting until they get taken. When that happens, they turn to Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services, to recover their money and what’s left of their dignity, and perhaps even to save their lives.
When one such case leaves Sabina Carpenter the only witness to a murder, the family of the culprit vows to stop at nothing to keep her silent. The threat leaves John Quincannon deeply concerned for Sabina’s safety, but there’s no rest for the wicked and so the crime-solving duo must split up to tackle two separate con games, run by two villains with deadly bags of tricks at hand.
And when Sabina’s life is put in danger, John must rush to save her while grappling with the terrifying realization of exactly how much she means to him.
The Carpenter and Quincannon Mysteries:
#1 The Bughouse Affair
#2 The Spook Lights Affair
#3 The Body Snatchers Affair
#4 The Plague of Thieves Affair
#5 The Dangerous Ladies Affair
#6 The Bags of Tricks Affair
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MWA Grand Master Pronzini's lighthearted sixth mystery set in late-19th-century San Francisco (after 2017's The Dangerous Ladies Affair) finds private investigators Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon working undercover at McFinn's Gold Nugget Saloon and Gaming Parlor in Grass Valley, Calif. Their mission is to unmask a card sharp known as Lady One-Eye. That task turns deadly when the woman's husband is murdered and Carpenter is the only reliable witness. One-Eye's brother tells Carpenter that if she testifies at the trial, she will suffer the consequences. The intrepid detectives return to San Francisco, where they are caught up in individual cases involving pluviculture ("a fancy word for rainmaking") and a locked-room conundrum. They also witness a kidnapping and bold escape. Along with all the derring-do, readers are treated to entertaining snippets of history, including tidbits about the Olympic Games, train travel, and wild west con men. This fast-moving novel offers plenty of fun.